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Each year red-winged blackbirds stop in a certain region of Midland Province on their spring and fall migrations. In the fall, they eat a significant portion of the province’s sunflower crop. This year Midland farmers sought permits to set out small amounts of poisoned rice during the blackbirds’ spring stop in order to reduce the fall blackbird population. Some residents voiced concern that the rice could threaten certain species of rare migratory birds. Nevertheless, the wildlife agency approved the permits.

Which of the following, if true, most helps to justify the wildlife agency’s approval of the permits, given the concerns voiced by some residents?

A. In the region where the red-winged blackbirds stop, they are the first birds to be present in the spring.

B. The poison that farmers want to use does not kill birds but rather makes them incapable of producing viable eggs.

C. Since rice is not raised in Midland Province, few species of birds native to the province normally eat rice.

D. Without the permit, any farmers shown to have set out poison for the blackbirds would be heavily fined.

E. The poison that farmers got approval to use has no taste or smell that would make it detectable by birds.

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A) if they are the first birds to stop in the spring season, hence they are the fisrt to eat the poisoned rice and not the rare species.
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I am not sure why A should be the correct option .
Other options too do not make sense .
kinjiGC ,your thoughts ?


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I am not sure why A should be the correct option .
Other options too do not make sense .
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Each year red-winged blackbirds stop in a certain region of Midland Province on their spring and fall migrations. In the fall, they eat a significant portion of the province’s sunflower crop. This year Midland farmers sought permits to set out small amounts of poisoned rice during the blackbirds’ spring stop in order to reduce the fall blackbird population. Some residents voiced concern that the rice could threaten certain species of rare migratory birds. Nevertheless, the wildlife agency approved the permits.

Which of the following, if true, most helps to justify the wildlife agency’s approval of the permits, given the concerns voiced by some residents?

Premise 1: RWB birds, during their Spring and fall migrations, eat a significant portion of crop.
premise 2: Farmers sought permissions to place small amounts of poisoned rice during spring break.
Conclusion : WildLife agency gave permission despite the concerns that rice could threaten certain species of rare migratory birds


We need to explain why?

A. In the region where the red-winged blackbirds stop, they are the first birds to be present in the spring.
This option says, the RWB birds are the first set of birds to come so it is quite possible that other birds would not be targeted as RWB birds will eat the poisoned rice first-> This explains why Wild life have given the permission and hence correct

B. The poison that farmers want to use does not kill birds but rather makes them incapable of producing viable eggs.
How the poison acts is immaterial to the context as the context is not how to poison will affect the bird but which birds will get affected.

C. Since rice is not raised in Midland Province, few species of birds native to the province normally eat rice.
We are not talking about native birds, we are talking about "rare migratory birds" so this option is out of context.

D. Without the permit, any farmers shown to have set out poison for the blackbirds would be heavily fined.
This is immaterial and out of context

E. The poison that farmers got approval to use has no taste or smell that would make it detectable by birds.
This is immaterial and out of context
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Originally posted by kinjiGC on 30 Jun 2015, 04:45.
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If they are the first birds in the season that means they will eat the poisoned rice and that is why I went with A.
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As the passage mentions a small amount of poisoned rice will be grown - "This year Midland farmers sought permits to set out small amounts of poisoned rice during the blackbirds’ spring stop in order to reduce the fall blackbird population." The choice A makes complete sense.

Is this a 700 level question?
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Was I the only one who assumed that ''the rare species of migratory birds'' is referring to RWB??
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Hello Kinji GC

why we cant assume the RWB is also a rare migrated species or how we assume that RWB bird are not rare bird!
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Each year red-winged blackbirds stop in a certain region of Midland Province on their spring and fall migrations. In the fall, they eat a significant portion of the province’s sunflower crop. This year Midland farmers sought permits to set out small amounts of poisoned rice during the blackbirds’ spring stop in order to reduce the fall blackbird population. Some residents voiced concern that the rice could threaten certain species of rare migratory birds. Nevertheless, the wildlife agency approved the permits.

Which of the following, if true, most helps to justify the wildlife agency’s approval of the permits, given the concerns voiced by some residents?

A. In the region where the red-winged blackbirds stop, they are the first birds to be present in the spring.
B. The poison that farmers want to use does not kill birds but rather makes them incapable of producing viable eggs.
C. Since rice is not raised in Midland Province, few species of birds native to the province normally eat rice.
D. Without the permit, any farmers shown to have set out poison for the blackbirds would be heavily fined.
E. The poison that farmers got approval to use has no taste or smell that would make it detectable by birds.


How can we be sure that the first stoppers will eat all of the poisoned rice? Any poisoned rice left over is going to be eaten by other rare species.
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Each year red-winged blackbirds stop in a certain region of Midland Province on their spring and fall migrations. In the fall, they eat a significant portion of the province’s sunflower crop. This year Midland farmers sought permits to set out small amounts of poisoned rice during the blackbirds’ spring stop in order to reduce the fall blackbird population. Some residents voiced concern that the rice could threaten certain species of rare migratory birds. Nevertheless, the wildlife agency approved the permits.

Which of the following, if true, most helps to justify the wildlife agency’s approval of the permits, given the concerns voiced by some residents?

A. In the region where the red-winged blackbirds stop, they are the first birds to be present in the spring.
B. The poison that farmers want to use does not kill birds but rather makes them incapable of producing viable eggs.
C. Since rice is not raised in Midland Province, few species of birds native to the province normally eat rice.
D. Without the permit, any farmers shown to have set out poison for the blackbirds would be heavily fined.
E. The poison that farmers got approval to use has no taste or smell that would make it detectable by birds

My 2 cents.

A is not perfect but best among the rest.
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Each year red-winged blackbirds stop in a certain region of Midland Province on their spring and fall migrations. In the fall, they eat a significant portion of the province’s sunflower crop. This year Midland farmers sought permits to set out small amounts of poisoned rice during the blackbirds’ spring stop in order to reduce the fall blackbird population. Some residents voiced concern that the rice could threaten certain species of rare migratory birds. Nevertheless, the wildlife agency approved the permits.

Which of the following, if true, most helps to justify the wildlife agency’s approval of the permits, given the concerns voiced by some residents?

A. In the region where the red-winged blackbirds stop, they are the first birds to be present in the spring. Blackbirds would eat the rice before other birds came through so the other rare migratory

B. The poison that farmers want to use does not kill birds but rather makes them incapable of producing viable eggs.if birds don't reproduce, they become extinct. Still harmful.

D. Without the permit, any farmers shown to have set out poison for the blackbirds would be heavily fined. Heavy fines would work as a deterrent to farmers. Doesn't explain why agency gave permits. In fact this choice weakens the argument

E. The poison that farmers got approval to use has no taste or smell that would make it detectable by birds. Even deadlier for birds.


This is actually a strengthen the argument question.
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A. In the region where the red-winged blackbirds stop, they are the first birds to be present in the spring.
- This option is valid only if the RWBs eat all the rice, otherwise it doesn't help us resolve the answer.

B. The poison that farmers want to use does not kill birds but rather makes them incapable of producing viable eggs.
- Though far-fetched, it is possible that not laying eggs can help control the overall population, thereby not having an immediate effect, but an effect nonetheless.

C, D, E - Out of scope.

I would greatly appreciate someone explaining how the OA and the loophole in A is sorted. I would have gone for B(though far-fetched), due to the loophole in A alone.
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in option A, they say "In the region where the red-winged blackbirds stop, they are the first birds to be present in the spring."What if blackbird doesn't eat all the rice and leftover rice is eaten by native birds?
Kindly explain.
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